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The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.
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1988   1987   1986  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dennis Farina ...  Lt. Mike Torello 43 episodes, 1986-1988
Bill Smitrovich ...  Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... 32 episodes, 1986-1988
Steve Ryan ...  Det. Nate Grossman 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Billy Campbell ...  Det. Joey Indelli / ... 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Paul Butler Paul Butler ...  Det. Walter Clemmons 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Tony Denison ...  Ray Luca 30 episodes, 1986-1988
Stephen Lang ...  Atty. David Abrams 29 episodes, 1986-1988
John Santucci John Santucci ...  Pauli Taglia 28 episodes, 1986-1988
Joseph Wiseman ...  Manny Weisbord 18 episodes, 1986-1988
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Chicago, 1963. As head of the police department's Major Crime Unit, Lieutenant Michael Torello must deal with the city's most dangerous criminals. And possibly the most dangerous of all is Ray Luca, a young ambitious street hood who's out to gain wealth and power by whatever means - including theft, threats, extortion and murder. As Luca begins his ruthless climb up the ladder of organized crime, leaving a growing number of victims in his wake, Torello becomes more and more determined to bring him down. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigada mòvil de Xicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

(42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

By the time season two began, Paulie Taglia had become so popular as comic relief, that John Santucci, who played Paulie, finally got his name on the opening credits. See more »

Goofs

During the series run, you can clearly see many post 1963 cars in the background. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Hey you. You hurt anybody else, when this is over, I'm gonna find what you love the most and I'm gonna kill it. Your mother, your father, your dog... don't matter what it is, it's dead.
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Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show See more »

Connections

Referenced in Heat (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaway
Written by Del Shannon (uncredited) and Max Crook (uncredited)
Performed by Del Shannon
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Awesome pilot to a great series!
21 June 2003 | by alexmachineSee all my reviews

This tv show had it all, great characters played by a fantastic cast, some of the coolest cops and villians you could ever ask for, great music, the cars, the atmosphere and dialogue, and a plot that went way beyond any single episode! It's the story of one cop named Michael Torello (Dennis Farina) who makes it his life's mission to bring down a "ruthless hood" named Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) who is quickly working his way to the top of the Chicago organized crime syndicate. Along the way, you're introduced to other key figures, like Andrew Dice Clay's character Max Goldman and a performance by Joseph Wiseman as Manny Weisbord that stands just as strong as anything The Godfather produced (in my absolutely biased opinion, of course). Don't forget Pauli Taglia, Ray's henchman, and rockin' Frank Holman (the same guy who plays Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs), who bears an intriguing resemblance to the Rev. Horton Heat! The series started in Chicago, migrated to Las Vegas about a third of the way through, and ends in Latin America of all places. I won't give anything away here, but I will warn you that if you see the pilot, you'll want to get your hands on the rest of the series. Unfortunately, that's not as easy. The tapes show up on ebay regularly but aren't cheap. Good news is that Anchor Bay is releasing all the episodes on dvd really soon, so it's probably just better to wait for that. Alot of the tapes were copied in SLP mode anyway, and don't have the best quality. This series has a severe cult following now, even though it only aired for two seasons in the '80s. I introduced my girlfriend at the time to this show, and while she was skeptical at first, by the end she insisted we had to get the rest of the series. You'll watch it over and over again and pick up on stuff you miss everytime, not to mention the stories are just classic and filled to overflowing with one-liners and scenes! Michael Mann is a genius for making this show happen. I hated Miami Vice, but this was just "the greatest thing, since bullets"---Yikes!!!!, I could write on and on about the merits of this series!! It's hard to believe how few people know about Crime Story! Don't be one of those people, check it out!


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